The 12 Verses of Christmas #8

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying Where is he that is born King of the Jews?  for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.  When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.  And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

Matthew 2:1-3, 7-8

Yesterday, we looked at the wisdom of the wise men in searching for the Saviour and then worshipping Him.  Today, we see the “anti-wise man,” Herod.  Although Satan was behind all attempts to destroy the Lord Jesus, we can say that Herod was the human antagonist in the Christmas story.  He was, at the time, the earthly ruler of the Jews and as such, wanted no challenge to his authority.  He wanted this new “King” destroyed.

On a side note, I find it interesting that mighty King Herod would be so intimidated by a little baby.  Deep down, he must have known that this was no ordinary child.

Herod attempted to use the wise men to get to the baby Jesus by telling them to let him know where the child was so that “…I may come and worship him also.”  There we see the difference between Herod and the wise men.  They doth said the same thing.  They both said that they wanted to worship Him.  The difference was in their hearts.  The wise men honestly wanted to worship Him.  They had searched diligently for Him.  On the other hand, Herod was lying to cover His hateful, treacherous heart.  They said the same thing, but only the wise men believed it in their hearts.

That is still true today.  Christmas is in our hearts.  Many people will celebrate “Christmas,” but how many will truly worship the Saviour?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Oh Ben . . .this one really got me. The choice between me just celebrating Christmas or worshiping our Savior makes all the difference and it takes place in my heart. God bless you for helping me worship Him this Christmas!

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